Shane Duffy impresses for Ireland in draw with the Dutch

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It's finished 1-all between Ireland and the Netherlands in tonight's friendly at the Aviva Stadium as five north west players featured.

After missing the end of the Premier League with Everton, Donegal's Seamus Coleman started and was joined in the defence by Derry's Shane Duffy, who was very impressive in only his  third international appearance.

Three more Derry men came of the bench as Darren Gibson, James McClean and Eunan O'Kane were second half substitutes.

Shane Long's goal on the half-hour appeared to have put Martin O'Neill's side on-course for a morale boosting victory, before the Dutch grabbed a late equaliser.

Long capped another impressive performance for his country when he stabbed-home from close-range after John O'Shea's powerful header was only half-saved.

The home side went-on to dominate much of the second-half, with Robbie Brady's set-piece delivery creating plenty of chances.

But the visitors equalised in the 85th minute when Luuk de Jong escaped his marker to score with a glancing header.